Lake District, Cumbria

Lake District, Cumbria


Cumbria or, more specifically, the area known as the Lake District. The land of of fells and tarns.
Inspiration to writers, artists and walkers alike.

Why now?

Make like Wainwright and lose yourself within the wilderness of
England’s watery lands. Go barefoot, swim in mountain tarns, scramble where you’ve
never scrambled before. The lakes are perfect for open-water
swimming, though not for the faint of heart – nothing invigorates
the soul quite like a dip in the icy cold depths. Walkers flock
here in their thousands, escaping their city homes, ploughing
through the Fells – and not quite all of them leave crisp packets
behind and scare the sheep.

When to go

Summer is both the best and the worst time to come to the Lake
District. It’s busy, but the nights are long. The weather is
better; without snow, you can tackle a sharp edge. Autumn and
winter are for the brave traveller. Their reward? Seeing the Lakes
at it’s very best, vibrant with the colours of the season.

Who to take with you

Your dog, your family, your best friend. Anyone adventurous
soul who loves the outdoors is adventurous soul who is up for wild
camping and swimming in waterfalls.

Most likely to bump into

Walkers, a lot of walkers. And sheep.

Don’t miss

Blencarthra itself is a beautiful mountain to walk on. The
famous writer Wainwright recorded more routes of ascent for this
mountain than any other. Thrill seekers shouldn’t miss the chance
to scramble. Striding Edge is perfect for beginners, offering
excitement without the vertical rock face. For the experienced, try
Sharp Edge.

An essential to bring with you

The Lake District can be warm, but don’t go expecting it to be.
Prepare for the worst and take proper walking boots; you might not
think you need them but 20 miles later your feet will thank you. An
OS explorer map and the ability to read it will also come in very

How to get there

Take a car and make a road trip of it. Within the Lakes, there
are some beautiful roads such as Hardknott Pass well worth a
diversion. Country buses are also available.